Good Monday morning everyone! Hopefully this is going to be a quick post. I need to get my but on the couch and spend many, many hours reading. I’m behind, three books and it is bugging the hell out me. I am trying to catch up, but I just can’t seem to get back on track. So this morning I decided to ask you: What distracts or takes away from your reading time? Are you behind, on track, or even ahead in books for the year?
I knew it was going to happen, falling behind, but this year it is really bothering me. I think the blog (not disappointing my followers) and my extreme reading goal of 2o0 books for the year (what was I thinking) is to blame for the obsessing. Its summer, there are a ton more chores to be done on our small farm. The garden needed to be put in and now weeded, I need to get out on my bike to ride (exercise), and the lawn takes two hours to mow. At work we have the summer reading program to work on. I know that shouldn’t eat into my reading time, but I don’t just work on programming during work hours. I need to get out and shear some sheep and llamas as well. Once it gets warm enough to work outside it just seems like there are not enough hours in the day. The computer has also been a big distraction as well. I have been spending too much time requesting books to review, updating the blog and Facebook, and of course reading all your wonderful posts and reviews. I need to scale it back a bit. Check in twice a day and then leave it until I’m caught up. I need to get a handle on this net addiction, perhaps a 12 step program. Or just a one step, turn off the laptop more often…
Gosh this sounds like a lot of whining and excuse making. I need to suck it up and just dedicate some hours to reading each day. Also I think I need to reevaluate my reading goal or just give myself permission to fail. Can you see my control freak tendencies coming out… I got so excited in January and February when I was so far ahead, but that was in the dead of the harshest winter I can remember. I spent hours under an electric blanket with little to do but devour page after page of my books.
So what have you been doing besides reading?